Friday, March 16, 2018

Presentation: Privacy and privilege at the Canadian border

The Canadian Bar Association's British Columbia Privacy and Access Law Section and the Immigration Section kindly invited me to Vancouver this past week to give a presentation on the topic of privacy and privilege at the border. Much of this was based on my advocacy work with the CBA in presenting on the topic to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Privacy, Access to Information and Ethics and pro bono work for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as an amicus.

In case it's of interest, here's my presentation:

One thing that I did emphasise, which I'll do again here, is that the Canada Border Services Agency takes the view what they can search all digital information that crosses the border. I am of the view that this is legally incorrect, so asserting your rights will likely result in being charged for obstruction of a CBSA officer.